5 Easy Review Tricks That Maximize Learning


bangheadPart One — See the other parts at the bottom of this post.

Choose the answer below that best completes the sentence:

Aaaargh! I’ve been through this ____________ 50 frakkin times, and I still can’t remember it all!

A. Asinine text book chapter

B. Drool-inducing stack of flash cards

C. Styooopid vocab list

D. Bummunching set of notes

E. All of the above

Answer: Doesn’t matter. If you’ve ever found yourself pounding your forehead against the wall while thoughts similar to these oozed from your wounded psyche, never fear. Bandage up your bean and read on as I reveal some simple review tricks that will make future sessions involve much less floggin’ of your noggin.

1. Construct quick questions. Whether your muscling through a tedious text book chapter or gnawing on a pile of class notes, stop every few seconds and convert the information into a question (or two, or three) that your prof might ask. Here’s a zample…

You read…

According to Plato, abstract ideals possess a more fundamental reality than any given, imperfect, real-world example of that ideal. The ideal of a perfect circle is more philosophically real than any actual example of a circle, which can never be truly perfect in our imperfect world.

That’s the type of textbook sentence that leaves absolutely no impression in your cranial creases. If you just read it and move on, you’ve wasted time and gained nothing. So stop right then and force yourself to convert that sentence into a possible test question such as

Why does Plato view as more fundamentally real the idea of a perfect circle rather than an actual physical circle?

Just writing out the stinkin’ question forces you to actually understand the sentence. Granted, it takes longer to study this way, but you’re actually processing the material (LEARNING) rather than mindlessly reading.

Make yourself write at least on quiz question for every fact you want to learn. Go ahead and put question and answer on a flash card while you’re at it for easier studying later.